Welcome to The K-Town Report, a regular feature that explores the action-packed Koreatown scene, where restaurants live and die by word of mouth. Here now, some of the latest openings and closures around town, with locations pinpointed by intersection.
Photo by Matthew Kang
OLYMPIC AND VERMONT— So Kong Dong is now residing in the adjacent strip mall slot (which housed their dumpling spot) after a Thanksgiving fire took out their original location. The new digs, which re-opened on December 20, are a little roomier and definitely more visible for those trying to escape the hegemony of Beverly Soon Tofu across the street. The menu at SKD is expanded too, with dumplings, neng myun noodles, knife-cut noodles, and other comfort favorites to go with the popular tofu stew. 2716 W. Olympic Blvd.
WILSHIRE AND SERRANO— Koreatown has no shortage of bars, though full liquor places aren't as common as beer and soju drinking dens. Enter Sky Bar & Lounge, which debuted earlier this month at the top of the Aroma Center with typical jet-set style selections like Ballantine's 17 and Johnnie Walker Blue, by the glass and via tableside service. A bottle of Jameson runs a cool $90, for example. Open Monday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and from 6 p.m to midnight on Sunday. 3680 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501
WILSHIRE AND NORMANDIE— The Line hotel soft opened at the beginning of the year, a few weeks before food and beverage components come online. LA Magazine takes a stroll through the 388-room boutique property, revealing a sparse, yet colorful lobby that reflects the building's mid-century roots. Roy Choi is planning two restaurant, POT, and another vegetarian concept, as well as a casual cafe, while the Houston Brothers (La Descarga, Pour Vous) will oversee a full bar. 3515 Wilshire Blvd.
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